Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Crusade

Fr. Giles Fraser shares in his recent column...

I spoke at a small day-conference for members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem last weekend. Founded after the end of the first crusade in 1099, the Order was originally intended to be a military presence at Christ’s tomb.

In the 19th century, however, it was given new instructions by Pope Pius IX. No longer would its members be a quasi-military reli­gious army in the Holy Land. Instead, they would guard Christ’s sepulchre by expressing their solidarity with indigenous Christians. Today, this means activities such as raising money to plant olive trees and supporting Bethlehem University.

Read the rest of this great column here...

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